Geography and the web

2007-09-15

in Geek stuff, Internet matters, The environment, The outdoors

While it certainly doesn’t have the best name, the concept behind heywhatsthat.com is a neat one. Using data from Google maps, it generates panoramas as seen from mountaintops and other high places. You can then identify the mountains that you see around you.

The interface definitely needs some work, but the site does suggest ways in which openly accessible storehouses of data – such as the position and altitude information available from Google – can be combined into novel tools.

exploreourpla.net is a similarly badly named but interesting site. It combines geographic data and images related to climate change. You can, for instance, view a satellite map of Western Europe overlaid with luminous dots showing the most significant greenhouse gas emitters.

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Litty September 15, 2007 at 9:31 pm

You will like this video.

Litty September 17, 2007 at 6:06 pm

Also, this picture. It’s pretty cool.

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